Meanwhile, The Adminstration’s Work Goes On


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the prime minister’s official residence in Tokyo



U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is greeted by Embassy Jakarta’s Charge d’Affaires Kristen Bauer upon arriving in Bali, Indonesia, on October 4, 2013, to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Ministerial Meeting


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry poses with foreign ministers and trade ministers of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation



U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Michael Froman speak with reporters during a news conference after the APEC Ministerial meetings in Bali, Indonesia, on October 5, 2013




U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov walk together at the APEC Leaders meeting in Bali, Indonesia, October 7, 2013.



Secretary Kerry’s remarks on US led operations against terrorists in Libya and Somalia



U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a speech at the CEO Summit in Bali, Indonesia


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with Chinese President Xi before the APEC Leaders’ Official Dinner in Bali, Indonesia



U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with APEC Leaders before their informal session in Bali, Indonesia, on October 8, 2013


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry disembarks from the plane after arriving in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, on October 9, 2013, for U.S.-ASEAN Summit meeting


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry prepares for the start of the East Asia Summit in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, on October 10, 2013


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to students during a Youth Leaders meeting in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, before the U.S.-ASEAN Summit meeting begins on on October 9, 2013



U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addresses the 10 member-nations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations at the outset of a U.S.-ASEAN Summit meeting in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Burmese President U Thein Sein before the East Asia Summit in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Sultan Haji Hassanai Bolkiah of Brunei after the East Asia Summit in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says goodbye to officials in Brunei after concluding a visit to Bandar Seri Begawan on October 10, 2013.


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on October 10, 2013


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, flanked by U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia Joseph Yun, addresses staffers and family members from Embassy Kuala Lumpur during a visit to the capital city.


Secretary of State John Kerry interacts with Fullbright School participants during the Global Entrepreneurship Summit on in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry address over 4,700 young people gathered for the 1MET Kick-Off, held as part of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kuala Lumpur on October






U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry watches a video address from President Obama to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, during a visit to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia









News from the Dept. of Veteran affairs


Secretary of State Kerry delivers remarks on International day of the girl


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is greeted by U.S. Ambassador James B. Cunningham upon arrival in Kabul, Afghanistan


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, on October 11, 2013.


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets members of the Marine Security Guard detachment at Embassy Kabul


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addresses President Hamid Karzai as he discusses a Bilateral Security Agreement with Afghanistan


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry looks out of the window of an Army helicopter as he flies over Kabul following a two-day visit to Afghanistan that ended on October 12, 2013


78 Responses to “Meanwhile, The Adminstration’s Work Goes On”

  1. 1 utaustinliberal
    October 13, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    I claim first in the name of Chelsea FC!!!!!

  2. October 13, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Hardest working admin ever….

  3. 3 Nena20409
    October 13, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    SoS John Kerry said That the Iranian Nuclear issue has a good opening crack.

    That is good news.

    John Kerry, Thank you for your service.

    This is a great post as usual UT. Thank you.

  4. 5 Nena20409
    October 13, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    For years it has been said, if ONLY we have an honest partner in Kazai.

    The same can be said of John Boehner or Mitch McConnell.

  5. 6 a4alice
    October 13, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Hey guys – you did it again UT. Awesome collection! 😀

    • 7 a4alice
      October 13, 2013 at 5:59 pm

      honestly. Could I just read for a second? I’m sorry LovelyP had I used my EYES I would have seen your name up there not UT. Apologies.. Great job!

  6. 8 jacquelineoboomer
    October 13, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    LP – Thank you very, very, very much for bringing us over from nearing the brink thanks to confederate flags at the White House … to this show of strength and vision by President Obama, Secretary Kerry, and Secretary Hagel, and by their partners around the globe. It’s obvious you put a lot of effort into this post.

    Whew. Needed that.

    • 9 Vicki
      October 13, 2013 at 5:59 pm

      Second this jacquelineob.
      SOS Kerry and SecDef Hagel make us proud.
      Confederate flags anyplace, actually, but at the WH!!! make us sick.

      Jovie, if you’re here. I think the latest word is that we might keep troops in Afghanistan. The sticking point is the same one that derailed the same effort in Iraq. So far Af. won’t grant immunity to Americans that stay after combat troops go.
      How do you think this will end, Jovie?
      We both hope everybody comes home. War profiteers and contractors hope the opposite.

    • October 13, 2013 at 6:14 pm

      I’ve been offline for 24 hours and it looks like the RWNJs have gone completely off the deep end. GEEZE.

      Thank goodness for the good progress our hardworking no drama SOS is making each and every day.

      Thanks to Chips and all the TOD BTs for making it so easy for me to catch up, all in one fabulous place. LOVE you guys.

  7. October 13, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    LP, this is a fantastic summary of all that our great Secretary of State, John Kerry & Secretary of Defense (Sgt) Chuck Hagel achieved this past week. Thank you!!

    Congrats of 1st UT 🙂 Looks like a tie with vetvera!!

    Bottom line …

    book’um Harry & Nancy 😉


  8. 21 utaustinliberal
    October 13, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Says it all.

    • 22 anniebella
      October 13, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      Tell these KKK racists ass punks to go somewhere and hang on their white sheets. I don’t think this should be allow any where near the White House.

  9. October 13, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Thanks for posting my thread, UT! I was busy refreshing my fantasy football stats every 3 secs like a maniac 🙂 Also, thanks for the kind words JB & Bobfr….your generosity makes the effort worthwhile!!

    The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned.

    —Amendment XIV, Section 4.

  10. 24 jacquelineoboomer
    October 13, 2013 at 6:04 pm

  11. October 13, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    ……Another White House official calls Reid “the face of the Affordable Care Act,” fully crediting him with pushing the bill through the Senate after Democrats lost their 60th vote in the Massachusetts special election that brought Republican Scott Brown to office. And another top aide points to the agreement Reid forged in July that broke a partisan impasse and led to the confirmation of several Obama appointees whom Republicans had blocked, including Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. “If you had come to me four months ago and I told you that Richard Cordray would be confirmed and others confirmed along with him, you would have looked at me like I had eight heads,” the aide says. “But we got that done, and it was because of Harry Reid.”

    That official, who wouldn’t speak on the record, acknowledged the obvious differences between the 73-year-old Reid, who grew up without electricity or indoor plumbing, the son of a miner in tiny Searchlight, Nev., and the 52-year-old Obama, who grew up in comfort in Hawaii. “Searchlight is not Honolulu,” the aide acknowledges. But, in Washington, Obama respects the fact, as an aide says, “that Harry Reid knows his caucus and knows the Senate. He is a skillful strategist, and we listen to him.”

    David Axelrod, the longtime Obama adviser, insists, though, that Obama’s relationship with Reid goes well beyond this. While agreeing that Reid knows his caucus, Axelrod says: “I really think it would be a mistake to gauge their relationship just in terms of what Harry can deliver for the president. There is a deep, abiding affection and respect between these two that started in the Senate.” It was there that Reid gave the freshman important responsibilities on ethics legislation. It was there, in private, that Reid pushed the younger man to run for the presidency when other colleagues were telling him to be patient. And it was there that the two men developed an often-overlooked friendship. “It’s not like they go out to dinner together,” acknowledges Jim Manley, a former longtime top aide to Reid. “He goes home every night.”

    • 33 nathkatun7
      October 13, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      LP, I really highly respect Harry Reid! To be honest, I was deeply distressed by the way many at TOD constantly belittled him calling him all kinds of names. As far as I am concerned, Harry Reid, along with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, played a central role in all the legislations that we repeatedly list as part of President Obama’s achievements.

      • October 13, 2013 at 9:18 pm

        I agree, Nath! You (and me) just have to keep in mind that we are such proud supporters of President Obama, that sometimes peoples frustrations are vented on TOD. It is all in good faith. We are just fortunate that Chipsticks has provided such a wonderful platform to congregate, and exult our passions 🙂 Have not chatted in a while….hope you are in good health and spirits! Until next time……..

        • 35 nathkatun7
          October 13, 2013 at 10:36 pm

          I am good, LP! Thank you for asking. Just turned 68 five days ago and am beginning to feel some of those aging pains. I totally agree with you about the “wonderful platform” Chipsticks has provided Obama supporters. I am also grateful that she has allowed you and other BTs to help her with the blog. You’ve all been doing such a wonderful job.

          • October 13, 2013 at 10:41 pm

            TY, Nath. Happy belated B-day!!! Mine is next Sat. the 19th….. all I want for a gift is for Auburn to beat Johnny-Football/Texas A&M. That’s not asking for to much is it 🙂

  12. 37 Ladyhawke
    October 13, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    China Calls For a ‘De-Americanised’ World Thanks to GOP Shutdown & Default Threat


  13. 38 globalcitizenlinda
    October 13, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    As a rule for myself, whenever I speak about the ACA, I have to call it what PBO endorsed – ObamaCare.

    I will probably be the last person on earth to be heard calling it ObamaCare because this is a huge:

    – political achievement for socio-economic justice:

    – compliment to PBO who fought so hard to pass and defend it;

    – benefit for millions of people and something that took almost 100 years to accomplish.

    so yes I am proud that it now ObamaCare and I will not let anyone try to erase this PBO-achievement from the historical record by changing the name to something more palatable to bigots who hate the “Obama part ” of ObamaCare

    Likewise PBO is also proud to call it ObamaCare because from the POTUS’ own mouth : “I really care” ;

    ignore attempts to deny this achievement (especially after the pain the nation has suffered from the GOPshutdown as they took one more attack on ObamaCare


  14. October 13, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    • 40 99ts
      October 13, 2013 at 6:41 pm

      The hatred for the President and the US that comes out of his mouth – may those who voted for this maniac spend the rest of their lives begging forgiveness for what they have done.

      I hope he runs for higher political office – the sh!t that he has done will haunt him for ever more.

    • 41 globalcitizenlinda
      October 13, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      sealing his dead-end political future, one day at a time

    • 43 dotster3
      October 13, 2013 at 6:57 pm

      I cannot stand this creep—–almost more than anyone. A destructive, damaging force in this country. And, according to his college roommate, he smells like a skunk, just as I imagined—-a bad body odor problem.

      • October 13, 2013 at 7:03 pm

        He’s a sinister ****er Dotster, he truly is. I really hate throwing Nazi comparisons around the place, they’re usually completely ridiculous, but that’s all I could think of when I saw his behavior today, leading that mob. Astonishing.

  15. 45 globalcitizenlinda
    October 13, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    UT, thanks for this round-up of the progress that PBO and his team are making on so many fronts!

    this GOPshutdown mess made us miss most of the things happening elsewhere

  16. 46 Dudette
    October 13, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Excellent post, LP!

  17. 47 Ladyhawke
    October 13, 2013 at 6:24 pm


    By Jonathan Cohn


    But Democratic leaders haven’t been changing the terms of the deal. On the contrary, Obama, Reid, and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi have been remarkably consistent—over time and with one another. The Democrats are happy to negotiate over fiscal policy, they say. But they won’t allow Republicans to gain extra leverage by refusing to fund the government or increase the Treasury’s borrowing authority. As far as the Democrats are concerned, those tactics amount to extortion. Allowing Republicans to succeed, they say, would be even worse than shuttering the government or allowing a default—even though the former has been plenty bad and the latter would be even worse.

    This doesn’t mean negotiations have ended. On the contrary, Reid and McConnell are still talking. Those talks will probably be the basis of whatever agreement ends this crisis. But Democrats have established a pretty simple test for new proposals: Is it a deal Democrats would make in normal circumstances, without a shutdown and without the threat of default? So far, nothing Republicans have suggested comes close to meeting that criteria.



  18. 48 99ts
    October 13, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    On an unexpected positive note – the share market futures are UP in my world this am – so someone, somewhere in the financial world is expecting the GOP to give up on their blackmail/threats

  19. 49 utaustinliberal
    October 13, 2013 at 6:26 pm

  20. October 13, 2013 at 6:31 pm

  21. 53 jacquelineoboomer
    October 13, 2013 at 6:32 pm

  22. 54 Dudette
    October 13, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Government Shutdown – The Reign of Morons Is Here (by Charles Pierce, Esquire Magazine)

    “… We have elected an ungovernable collection of snake-handlers, Bible-bangers, ignorami, bagmen and outright frauds, a collection so ungovernable that it insists the nation be ungovernable, too. We have elected people to govern us who do not believe in government.

    We have elected a national legislature in which Louie Gohmert and Michele Bachmann have more power than does the Speaker of the House of Representatives, who has been made a piteous spectacle in the eyes of the country and doesn’t seem to mind that at all. We have elected a national legislature in which the true power resides in a cabal of vandals, a nihilistic brigade that believes that its opposition to a bill directing millions of new customers to the nation’s insurance companies is the equivalent of standing up to the Nazis in 1938, to the bravery of the passengers on Flight 93 on September 11, 2001, and to Mel Gibson’s account of the Scottish Wars of Independence in the 13th Century. We have elected a national legislature that looks into the mirror and sees itself already cast in marble.

    We did this. We looked at our great legacy of self-government and we handed ourselves over to the reign of morons…”

  23. 56 jacquelineoboomer
    October 13, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Someone on twitter responded to Jon Favreau, thusly: “Oh god never mind you’re the Hollywood speech boy … ”

    Like he cares what people call him. He had the time of his life at the White House, no doubt, and he’s now able to fight the good fight on the outside!

    • October 13, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      He’s a very young, very smart, very funny, very handsome and very lucky guy! He’s been at the right hand of the most thoughtful and accomplished POTUS in our lifetime!

      • 58 jacquelineoboomer
        October 13, 2013 at 7:05 pm

        And he has the quiet confidence to show for it. Never seems to get rattled. Can you imagine what stress a lesser being would have felt having to write for this POTUS? Oh, my …

        • October 13, 2013 at 7:12 pm

          OMG, yes. I’ve had writing jobs for big wigs and it’s very crazy and complicated 24/7. He’s really an amazing guy.

          • 60 HZ
            October 14, 2013 at 12:01 am

            Jon is an amazingly brilliant young man who highly respects President Barack H. Obama. He personally has a relationship that will last for always with President Obama. Jon has stated boldly and humbly with great gratitude that there will never be a time when and if this president calls upon him, he would be there in a moment because he respects POB and know that all of the opportunities that he had as a speech writer for this presidents will always be with him for the rest of his life. He also said that the respect that he has for President Obama will always mean that he will be there to help him in anyway possible because POB is just that humble but grateful man who gave him the greatest opportunity of his life…being his speech writer as well as a very special friend and mentor.HZ

  24. 62 Dudette
    October 13, 2013 at 6:48 pm


  25. 63 cookemom
    October 13, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Ok so I rejoin the thread to see SOS Kerry in an So Pacific print shirt. It’s nice, but not THE SHIRT, if you know what I mean.

  26. October 13, 2013 at 7:19 pm

  27. October 13, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    U.S. Stock Futures Sag, Yen Up as Debt Deadline Nears


    SYDNEY — U.S. stock index futures fell on Monday and the safe-haven yen rose broadly, foreshadowing a rocky start for Asian shares after weekend talks in Washington failed to reach an agreement to avert a U.S. debt default.

    Adding to the gloom, data on Saturday showed China’s export growth unexpectedly fizzled in September, underscoring worries about flagging global demand.

    U.S. stock index futures fell 0.8 percent in early trade. If the losses are sustained, it indicates that Wall Street would open lower later on Monday.


    Japanese markets and US Fed Reserve are closed on Monday due to holidays.

  28. 68 99ts
    October 13, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    mmm Share market heading down – make believe futures

    • 69 globalcitizenlinda
      October 13, 2013 at 8:42 pm

      turmoil in the world financial markets is probably going to be common this week – thanks to GOPshutdown

  29. 71 globalcitizenlinda
    October 13, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    I suspect if Canada knew what kind of bigoted imbecile they were letting loose on the world, they may have sent an apology before hand

  30. 72 carla4obama
    October 13, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Glad to see Sec Of State Kerry as the face of the sane part of America overseas. Then we see the insanity gathered in DC today.
    When did America become the land of the stupid and ignorant? These are the people the GOP are hanging with? Where is the moderate GOP outrage at this stupidity? When will someone from their party grab the mic and say “No that is not correct” like McCain did so long ago. They sleep with stupid they will die with stupid.

  31. 73 Ladyhawke
    October 13, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Markets Are Now Open — Here’s What’s Happening In Washington


    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/cr-debt-ceiling-negotiations-october-13-2013-10#ixzz2heG48w00

  32. 77 Vicki
    October 13, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    I don’t know if this is useful or dumb, but I’m wondering if we have any consensus here at TOD as to whether there will be a solution or a default.

    My view is that this fight is for all the marbles and the TPGOP will burn the house down now that they realize there is no way for them to regain power. The best they can do is stem the backlash they’ve caused, but not win anything.
    A failed coup d’etat is what we have here.

    I pray I am mistaken.

    • 78 globalcitizenlinda
      October 13, 2013 at 8:50 pm

      Yes, it is all for the marbles here and that is WHY PBO can’t let the gop win this one;

      if and when push comes to shove, then more than likely that at the critical hour, PBO will intervene.

      PBO knows the stakes and we are glad he is in charge

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